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Fragment of a Funerary Naiskos (Monument in the Shape of a Temple)

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of marble.


about 330 BCE


Greek; Athens

About this artwork

Travelers in ancient Greece and Rome regularly encountered large stone monuments like this along the roadsides, marking the burial sites of elite families. They were made in a range of shapes and sizes and often preserve visual hints about who the deceased person was in life. In this example, three larger-than-life-sized figures are chiseled so deeply into the stone that they are carved nearly in the round. The two male individuals are shown clasping hands—a parting gesture common in funerary scenes. While there is no text to conclusively identify the figures, the standing man is likely the person who died, shown sharing a final farewell with his loved ones, perhaps his mother and father.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Fragment of a Funerary Naiskos (Monument in the Shape of a Temple)


Athens (Object made in)

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330 BCE




152.4 × 111.8 × 33 cm (60 × 44 × 13 in.)

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Alexander White Collection

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